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Elvis Presley. MUSI 3200Y. Bill Haley and the Comets. Rock Around the Clock Form Rhythm Lyrics Instrumentation. Mystery Train. Rockabilly Two-beat Imitation of a locomotive Perform twice as fast, backbeat Light instrumentation. Heartbreak Hotel.

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elvis presley

Elvis Presley

MUSI 3200Y

bill haley and the comets

Bill Haley and the Comets

Rock Around the Clock





mystery train

Mystery Train



Imitation of a locomotive

Perform twice as fast, backbeat

Light instrumentation


Heartbreak Hotel

Elvis produced and directed almost all his own music

Never really interested in trying to improve his playing skills

Unfailing ear


Heartbreak Hotel

First RCA session

Bob Ferris constructed an echo chamber

Label feared it was a terrible mistake

Elvis’ first #1 hit


Jailhouse Rock

Prison movie cliches

Elvis ignored satiric intent

Half-step drag

“The Anvil Chorus”

Chain gang smashing rocks

First single ever to go straight to #1 in UK


Can’t Help Falling in Love

A cut on the soundtrack to Blue Hawaii

RCA wanted to release single while in theatres

Colonel’s policy mandated a single be out 6 weeks prior

20 weeks at #1 and sold over 2M records


Devil in Disguise

Stop-and-go style

Last Top 3 before Beatles hit America

Sessions for a studio album never released

Bernie Baum, Bill Giant and Florence Kaye


The Importance of Presley

Presley was “The King” because he was the musical personification of what Rock and Roll was.


The Importance of Presley

His multi-faceted personality and musical versatility meant that his appeal could be broadened beyond that of the typical Rock-and-Roll star.


The Importance of Presley

Elvis’ commercial success was overwhelming. By the time of Elvis’ death at least 500 million copies of Presley records had been sold.


The Importance of Presley

Presley holds the record for the most charted albums